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This string consists of sixty-eight agate ball beads, fifteen blue faience ring beads, one faience barrel bead, and seven faience ball beads, strung.


From Nubia (Sudan) Kerma, K X B-20. February, 1914: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1920: assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Kerma, 2400–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 25 cm (9 13/16 in.) Large ball bead: 1 cm (3/8 in.) Small ball bead: 0.3 cm (1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, agate


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Beads